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Protests outside Hotel Killarney are not right – TD

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry Sinn Féin TD Pa Daly has called for protests to be held elsewhere other than outside Direct Provision Centres.

Daly was reacting to a situation outside Hotel Killarney last Saturday.

The hotel is a temporary home to 400 International Protection applicants including men, women and children.

It was also the location of a New Year’s day brawl that resulted in eight arrests and six people taken to hospital.

Encouraged by similar protests across the country, most notably in East Wall Dublin, a group that calls itself 'Ireland First' organised a protest rally outside the hotel.

The group were objecting to the number of residents staying at the hotel and are opposed to refugee immigration into Ireland.

Daly hit out at the group saying their actions at the hotel were inappropriate.

“I understand there are concerns and people have the right to protest,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This is not the place to be doing it, there are people there who have come from situations of conflict. There is a newborn baby and a pregnant woman there. Take the protest to the centre of town, if you had a problem with A&E would you take the protest to the nurse’s house? If you had a problem with housing would you take it to the Council’s housing officer’s house?

Daly understands there are concerns regarding the number of International Protection applicants in Killarney.
However, a meeting of Kerry’s Joint Policing Committee just before the Christmas break was told that there were no reports of crime increases in the Park Road area of Killarney last year.

“There has been no increase [in crimes] and I have asked the Gardai to put out a statement to allay fears,” he added.

He has also spoken to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and has asked for more Gardai in the Killarney area particularly in the busier summer months.

He has also spoken with Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O'Gorman, the minister responsible for housing refugees, but added that Government has not done enough.

“The Government failed to explore the holiday home option, they have not moved on one inch since the whole Skellig Star debacle at the start of COVID,” Daly said.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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